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Budget Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike; Likely Votes Wednesday

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Barack Obama, Beth Bye, Minimum Wage, Quinnipiac University Poll, State budget Date:

After a clash on the merits, the legislature\’s budget-writing committee Monday approved hiking the state\’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.

The vote was 24 to 17 along party lines with state Sen. Joan Hartley abstaining. Hartley, a conservative Democrat from Waterbury, has broken with her party and voted with the Republicans in recent years on controversial issues. Last year, Hartley voted against hiking the wage to the current level of $8.70 per hour. 

Barring any last-minute snags, both the state Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to vote on the minimum wage hike Wednesday.

In a strong defense of the increase, Rep. Toni Walker, the committee’s co-chairwoman, said those currently earning $8.70 per hour and working 40 hours per week collect less than $350 weekly. The federal poverty level, she noted, for a single mother with two children is $18,096 per year. She said that lawmakers have an obligation of helping workers and “making sure they earn a fair share for what they do’’ in their jobs.

“Who do we represent?’’ Walker asked her fellow committee members. “Who are we here to fight for? We are here for all people of Connecticut, not just a select few.’’

But Republicans rejected the hike as bad for small businesses and bad for job growth.

Sen. Rob Kane, the ranking Senate Republican on the committee, said that hiking the wage would boomerrang and hurt small businesses like the retail store that he owns that sells cellular phones in Waterbury.

“The policy we are setting here today … is more and more government intervention in the lives of people we represent,’’ Kane said. “I’m a small business owner, and next month, God willing, I will be in business 20 years.’’ Continue reading

Gun-rights Advocate Martha Dean Enters Governor\’s Race As Boucher Drops Out

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Martha Dean, Quinnipiac University Poll, Tom Foley, Toni Boucher Date:




In a surprise to many political insiders, conservative Republican Martha Dean said Tuesday that she is running for governor.

The word initially trickled out from the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which released it on the group\’s blog. Dean said later that she is scheduled to officially unveil her campaign next Tuesday, March 18, at a time and place that will be announced in the coming days.

The entrance of Dean would shake up the race, bringing a strong gun supporter into a potential Republican primary as the party goes up against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But Dean\’s entrance would be very late, particularly in fundraising, where she would need 2,500 contributors at $100 each to qualify for the public financing matching funds for gubernatorial candidates. Numerous political operatives say that raising that type of money – particularly with just two months before the convention – is much more difficult than it appears.

Malloy has not yet officially announced that he is running, but both Republicans and Democrats fully expect him to be nominated at the party\’s convention on Friday, May 16 in Hartford.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Greenwich business executive Tom Foley leads in a potential Republican primary with 36 percent, while Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is in second place at 11 percent. Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield and former West Hartford town council member Joe Visconti both trail at 3 percent.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, who dropped out of the race Tuesday before the news about Dean, was in last place among Republicans in the poll at 2 percent. Boucher, who is running for reelection for her Senate seat in Fairfield County, cited the difficulty in fundraising in her dropping-out announcement Tuesday.

Dean declined to comment to Capitol Watch, saying that she will not be making any statements about her gubernatorial platform until her official announcement next week. She said she has turned down a television interview and will not be speaking to reporters in detail during the next week.

Longtime Democratic political operative Matthew J. Hennessy said that Dean will have an impact on the race with a strong chance of pulling Republicans to the right on gun control.

\”She\’s not going to win the Republican primary, but she may drag the conversation to places that are not going to help the Republicans in the general election,\’\’ Hennessy said.

Republicans, he said, would rather avoid controversial issues in a potentially divisive primary.

\”They quickly want to move beyond the gun issue,\’\’ Hennessy said. \”They don\’t want to be bogged down in that discussion. This will be a discussion at every debate where she is allowed to participate.\’\’

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Foley-Founded Think Tank Offers Urban Solutions; Dems Question Politics

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Barack Obama, Connecticut Policy Institute, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll, Republicans, Tom Foley Date:

A think tank founded by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley offered multiple solutions Friday in a detailed report that tacked the urban problems of jobs, crime, housing, and public education.

The Connecticut Policy Institute issued the report that called for expanding the use of urban enterprise zones to attract businesses, upgrading either Sikorsky or Tweed New Haven airports to create jobs in the cities, and requiring a reading exam before third-graders can be promoted to the fourth grade.

Foley attended the nearly one-hour presentation at the state Capitol complex, but the institute\’s executive director, Yale Law School graduate Ben Zimmer, said that Foley had nothing to do with the writing of the 100-page report.

James Hallinan, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, declined to comment on any of the solutions mentioned in the report, saying that he had not had time to read it.

\”This is purely political, and I think he made that clear,\’\’ said Hallinan, who attended the press conference.

Foley\’s spokesman, Christopher Cooper, responded, \”I don\’t think James Hallinan knows a policy from a petunia, but he does know propaganda, and you all heard that today.\’\’ Continue reading

Q Poll Gives Malloy Top Marks for Storm Management, Weaker Ratings on Economy, Jobs

by Categorized: Economy, Education, Gambling, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Keno, Quinnipiac University Poll, State budget, taxes, Uncategorized Date:

Good on snowstorms, not so good on budgets, the economy and jobs.

That\’s one finding of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy\’s handling of various issues facing the state.

First, the good news for the Democratic governor: 86 percent of voters, including 84 percent of Republicans, approve of the way Malloy is handling this winter\’s snowstorms.

But, according to the poll, Malloy gets weaker grades on economic and budgetary matters. Fifty three percent said they disapprove of the way Malloy is handling the budget, and 63 percent disapprove of the way he is handling taxes.

Almost two-thirds of voters — roughly 60 percent — disapprove of the way Malloy is handling jobs and the economy; 33 percent approve.

Malloy\’s plan to use a portion f the state\’s budget surplus to give state taxpayers a $55 tax refund was branded as a \”political gimmick\” by 63 percent of respondents. Twenty three percent called it \”good public policy.\”

About a third of voters said Malloy\’s economic policies have hurt their personal financial situation while just 6 percent said they have helped — and 57 percent said they have made no difference.

On Malloy\’s education policy, respondents were split: 41 percent approve of his handling of education and 43 percent disapprove, according to the poll.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 36 percent of voters say the economy and jobs should be the priority for Malloy and the legislature while 14 percent said it should be taxes and 11 percent, education.

Asked to assess the state of Connecticut\’s economy, nearly 75 percent rated it as \”not so good\” or \”poor.\” Just 24 percent rated it \”good.\”

The poll also asked about keno, a bingo-like gambling product for bars and restaurants that state lawmakers approved last year and are poised to repeal this year. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they do not think the game should be permitted while 29 percent support it.




Q Poll: Connecticut Backs Measure Allowing Physicians to Prescribe Lethal Dose of Medication to Terminally Patients By 2-1 Margin

by Categorized: Gun control, Quinnipiac University Poll Date:

A bill allowing physicians to legally prescribe a lethal dose of medication to certain terminally ill patients has broad public support, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The survey, released Thursday, found 2-1 support for the measure, which is expected to receive a public hearing in the legislature sometime this month.

\”Public support for allowing assisted dying in Connecticut is a very personal issue, crossing partisan, gender and age lines,\” said Douglas Schwartz, the poll director.

While 61 percent of voters said they support such a law, just 33 percent say they would use it themselves if they were terminally ill, and another 12 percent would if they were terminally ill and in pain.

The poll of 1,878 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 26 to March 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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Q Poll Finds Broad Support for Raising the Minimum Wage

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By a margin of nearly 3 to 1, voters overwhelmingly back the idea of raising the minimum wage, Tuesday\’s Quinnipiac University poll found.

Forty-two percent of voters support raising the wage to $10.10 an hour, the number set by both President Obama and Gov. Malloy.

The broad support for a higher minimum wage is good news for Democrats, who have made the proposal their marquee issue in the 2014 campaign cycle. President Obama is scheduled to come to Connecticut Wednesday to promote the idea.

The poll found that just 8 percent of respondents would favor a state minimum wage lower than $10.10 an hour while 20 percent want a larger increase. About 25 percent say the $8.70 state minimum wage should remain the same.

Support for a higher wage is nearly universal among Democrats: just 6 percent of the party\’s members opposed it, according to the poll. About two-thirds of unaffiliated voters back the higher wage. But Republicans are more divided: 53 percent oppose the idea while 41 percent favor it.

On Eve of Presidential Visit, Q Poll Finds Obama with his Lowest Approval Rating in Connecticut

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President Obama is in negative territory in Blue Connecticut.

A little over a year into Obama\’s second term, the Quinnipiac University poll found 51 percent of voters disapprove of the way the president is doing his job. That\’s a new high for Obama, whose all-time high approval rating in the state reached 71 percent in May of 2009.


Once again, there is a significant gender gap, with 57 percent of men disapproving of his performance and women more evenly divided, with 49 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving.

Obama is scheduled to visit Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday to promote his proposal to raise the minimum wage, an issue that could boost his job-approval ratings in the state. The Q poll found broad support for a higher minimum wage, with 71 percent of Connecticut voters supporting the idea and just 25 percent opposed.


Q Poll: Foley Leads the GOP Field and Is Virtually Tied With Malloy

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll, Tom Foley Date:

Former Ambassador Tom Foley leads the large Republican field running for governor and is essentially tied with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

In a hypothetical head-to-head match, Foley and Malloy each received 42 percent of the vote, the poll found.

\”Haven\’t we seen this movie before? A potential rematch of Gov. Dannel Malloy vs Tom Foley couldn\’t get any closer,\” said Q poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a press release accompanying the results.

Foley, the GOP\’s 2010 nominee, captures 36 percent of the Republican vote, the poll found. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is next, with 11 percent. No other Republican candidate tops 6 percent. But there is room for movement: the poll found about a third of the Republican electorate remains undecided.

Malloy, who is nearing the end of his first term, has yet to formally announce whether he will seek reelection in November. But most observers expect he will run.

Voters are sharply divided on his performance as governor: 48 percent approve of the job he is doing while 45 percent disapprove, according to the poll.

In a head to head match up between Foley and Malloy, the poll found that once again, there is a significant gender gap, with women backing the Democrat, 45 to 37 percent, while men chose Foley, 48 to 37 percent.

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New National Q Poll Shows Sharp Dip For Obama

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A new Quinnipiac University national poll has bad news for President Obama: just 39 percent approve of the job he is doing.

The numbers represent Obama\’s lowest job approval rating in a national Q poll since becoming president.

Especially troubling for the president is his weakness with woman, a traditional base of support. The poll, released Tuesday, found 51 percent of women now disapprove of the job Obama is doing, compared with 40 percent who approve.

The poll also found that, for the first time, more than half of voters — 52 percent — say Obama is not honest and trustworthy, while 44 percent said he is.

\”Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble,\’\’ said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. \”And any elected official with an  8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble.\’\’

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